So far, teasers for FX’s adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain have focused on creepy imagery that, while unsettling, so far haven’t revealed much of what the week to week mechanics of the show will look like. That’s changed now, as the network has released the first actual footage from the show in this new teaser trailer.
From this quick, 30-second video, you start to see how all of those spooky little bits that we’ve already seen fit into the larger architecture of the show. Those squiggly little worms make an appearance, you get a glimpse of that beating heart in a jar, there are lots of eyes, and even corpses that move when they’re certainly not supposed to. When you see Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) say, “He’s here,” you have to wonder if that He is the unidentified man with the cane, scattering candy on the ground.
The plot of The Strain revolves around a plague that has taken over New York City. Its origins are ancient and the results look distinctly like vampirism. A CDC team, led by Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), is sent in to investigate, and, as you can see in this footage, what they find is harrowing indeed. This isn’t your average everyday plague, this is something that has been around for a long time, and is going to have an entirely different impact. A pandemic is one thing, but when that pandemic turns people into undead bloodsuckers, that’s something else entirely.
Goodweather and his team, working in conjunction with a group of everyday New Yorkers, may be the last line of defense for the human race. It looks like we’re going to be up against an army of infected, and hungry, vampires who, it appears, have some kind of leader, maybe like a Dracula figure at the head of their little gang.
While creepy in a very different way than what we’ve seen, this teaser gives us a feel for the actual show. It’s sure to be moody and full of atmosphere, and has the appearance and feel of a horror movie. Overseen by Lost producer Carlton Cuse, lets hope that this lives up to its potential and the promise that is apparent in the promos. I haven’t read any of the books, but it appears that all of the pieces are in place for this to be a nice bit of horror in our summer TV schedule.
In addition to Stoll, The Strain also stars Sean Astin, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez. The show premieres July 13 on FX.